Letter from the President
Dear WIIT Members and Friends of WIIT,
Thank you for this opportunity to serve as WIIT’s President for the 2017-2018 term. I am honored and excited about taking on this new role and will work to extend and build on WIIT’s rich 30-year legacy.
Over the past year, trade has been front and center in the national conversation and that seems likely to continue. Our new U.S. Administration is shaping its trade policy, the U.S Congress will be actively engaged on trade, and stakeholders from manufacturing, agriculture, services, labor, and other communities are also making their voices heard on the key issues of the day. WIIT will be one of those voices, offering the expertise that exists among our broad membership, which we share through our trade education programming and various communications platforms. Together we will work to advance both prongs of WIIT’s mission: promoting trade and promoting women.
With regard to promoting trade, the impressive volunteers leading our 18 program sections will be convening sessions focused on timely regional, sectoral, and other trade topics. We want to thank CompTIA for stepping up to sponsor our Congressional trade education series and look forward to programs on Capitol Hill in the coming months. WIIT also will use its quarterly Communique as a vehicle to highlight policy insights from our members across a range of trade topics, and will continue our tradition of partnership with other organizations to co-create some interesting programs. We’ll have some fun news to share on that front soon.
With regard to promoting women, I intend to keep a bright spotlight on our development and leadership programs, professional networking opportunities, and other ways to help women advance in our exciting field. We also look forward to our three signature events – WIIT’s Winter Gala/Silent Auction, International Women’s Day event, and Awards Gala – as wonderful opportunities to bring together members of our WIIT community and celebrate the trade leaders who inspire us.
If you are not already a member, we hope you will consider joining WIIT, whether as an individual, a student, a government employee, a trade association, or a company. Our board, officers, and program section chairs work hard to ensure there is a strong value proposition for membership, and it is certainly a great time to get more involved on international trade issues.
Thank you in advance for your support and I welcome your ideas and involvement!
Leslie Griffin | President, Women in International Trade